Sat March 5, 2011
Music Lists

Electronic Music Stars Take Their Talents To South Beach

Every March, the beautiful people like Madonna and Diddy and Karl Lagerfeld head down to Miami to join the the gods of electronic dance music. There, they float in and out of dance clubs to hear some of the best DJs in the world practice their trade.

They come to Miami to check out two huge electronic music festivals: the Winter Music Conference and the Ultra Music Festival. The festival, with its slightly more mainstream bent, doesn't start until later this month, but the Winter Music Conference — which is a little like the Cannes Film Festival of electronica — kicks off Tuesday.

Dance, techno and other styles of electronic music are mainstream in just about every country in the world except the U.S. But more and more, it's becoming what younger Americans are listening to. The music often influences mainstream pop production, and there's a lot to both dance to and listen closely for. There's plenty of variety in electronic music that often goes unnoticed on a cursory listen.

I spoke with Weekends All Things Considered host Guy Raz about some of this music. Here are four tunes, from producers and DJs playing in Miami. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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